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Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky set for Arsenal contract talks

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed he plans to sit down with Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky at the end of the current campaign.

The Arsenal veterans are out of contract in the summer and have been linked with a move away from north London as a result.

Arteta has not played for the Gunners since November after suffering a serious calf injury and, although reports have suggested he has already agreed a one-year extension, such a deal is yet to be announced.

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Rosicky has not had the same problems with injury but has struggled to get game time. At 34 years old, the Czech Republic international looked like he was falling out of Wenger's plans.

However, the Arsenal boss has confirmed that he plans to sit down with both the midfielders once the season has finished and discuss their future at the club.

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The future

Asked in a recent press conference on the future of the pair, Wenger responded: 

"That will all be sorted at the end of May."

Arteta recently revealed that he is more than willing to agree a new contract with the Gunners despite the fact his position in the squad might be shrinking.

The Spaniard said: "In May, when everything is fine, we will sit down and talk and it will take five minutes."

Rosicky is unhappy

Wenger might have a harder job convincing Rosicky to stay, especially after he admitted that he considered quitting in January due to a lack of first team football.

"Since the start of the year things have improved, the team has started to play better football and what's more I'm playing. Compared to the first six months, it's much better. We'll see how it goes from here,' Rosicky said to Czech press, quoted by The Mail last month.

"I don't really know [why I didn't play]. It's a good question, I would also like to know.

"The coach gave me a chance towards the end the year and then began to give me more playing time. I don't know, maybe it was a watershed moment."

Rosicky has certainly been a good servant to the club, but it is unlikely his position in the squad will elevate. If he is looking to play over 30 games a season then he will have to leave for pastures new.

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